Nov. 8, 2007
Villanova opened its newest facility, the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness, with a naming and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 8
This state-of-the-art building features practice and training facilities for the basketball programs, as well as a fitness center for the entire campus community
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University officially cut the ribbon on its newest structure, the $18.5 million Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness, on Nov. 8, and opened the doors to a unique, state-of-the-art facility designed for both the men's and women's basketball programs and for all students, staff and faculty. Highlighting the opening event was a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. In addition, the official name of the building was unveiled for the first time, honoring the generous contributions of brothers James and William Davis and their families. Jim Davis is a 1981 graduate of Villanova, while Bill Davis is a member of the class of '85.
"This new facility is unique in many ways and highlights our values of community," said Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President. "In addition to serving as a practice and training facility for the men's and women's basketball programs, this new facility features a state-of-the-art fitness center for the entire campus community. The Davis Center will be an important part of campus life, and a lasting legacy to the Davis Family, for years to come."
Funded entirely through private donations, the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness is a three-story, 55,000 square foot structure located on Ithan Avenue in front of the Pavilion. It includes a lobby atrium that will highlight the long and proud history of Villanova men's and women's basketball, complete with photos and other fascinating memorabilia from the history of the sports on campus. The atrium will also contain photos of Wildcat fans, a group known emphatically as the "Nova Nation." The first two floors will house office space for both programs; two practice courts, one for each team; locker rooms; a weight room, cinema, and sports medicine area.
The third floor of the IARF is devoted to entirely to fitness and is open to all segments of the Villanova community. With windows showcasing the university's main campus, the area features 40 cardio machines, selecterized weight equipment, as well as free weights. There is a large meeting space that will be utilized for such group exercise as aerobics, yoga and pilates.
"This is an exciting day for our university community," stated director of athletics Vince Nicastro. "This facility serves our campus in a unique way, with a fitness center for students, staff, and faculty along with training facilities for our men's and women's basketball programs. It is a welcome addition to the Villanova landscape."
The new facility is environmentally friendly with energy-saving motion sensor lights and ecologically-sound storm water management. In addition, over 250 new trees have been planted around the facility.
Designed by Mark B. Thompson & Associates of Philadelphia and built by Nason Construction Company, ground was broken on the IARF in the summer of 2006. A steel capping ceremony took place in January of 2007 and the building was officially open to the public on Nov. 8. University officials, representatives of student government and head basketball coaches Jay Wright (men) and Harry Perretta (women) were on hand for the ceremony.
DAVIS CENTER FOR ATHLETICS AND FITNESS
Facility Name: The name honors the generous contributions of brothers James and William Davis and their families. Jim Davis graduated from Villanova in 1981, while Bill Davis is a member of the class of '85.
A Unique Facility: This is one of the nation's only intercollegiate facilities dedicated to both a school's basketball programs and the university community (students, staff and faculty).
o Practice/training facility for men's and women's basketball programs (the first two floors are dedicated to those programs)
o New fitness center for entire campus community - third floor is dedicated to this use
Cost: $18.5 million
Size: 55,000 square feet (three-story facility)
Location: In front of The Pavilion
o The entire project cost funded through donor contributions
o No university budget dollars have been allocated to this project
o Slightly surpassed fundraising goals and are near $19 million in signed pledges
Architects: Mark B. Thompson & Associates (Philadelphia)
Construction Management: Nason Construction (Philadelphia)
o Men's Basketball - practice court, locker room, coaches offices
o Women's Basketball - practice court, locker room, coaches offices
o M/W Basketball - training room, fitness center, cinema
o Students, Staff & Faculty - Fitness Center
150 person limit
40 cardio machines
Selecterized weight equipment
Large meeting space for group exercise: arobics, yoga, pilates
Conference Room for club sports and intramural sign up
o A lobby atrium which highlights the long and proud history of Villanova men's and women's basketball, complete with photos and other fascinating memorabilia from the history of the sports on campus. The lobby atrium also includes visuals dedicated to the Villanova fans (The "Nova Nation").
Environmentally-friendly: o Energy-saving motion sensor lights
o Ecologically-sound storm water management - through the help of Dr. Robert Travor (Villanova College of Engineering)
o Added 250+ new trees